Schoolhouse Rock! (Special 30th Anniversary Edition)
30th Anniversary Edition, Special 30th Anniversary Edition
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Schoolhouse Rock!, the timeless collection of animated songs that taught an entire generation that "knowledge is power" is on DVD for in this Ultimate Collector's Edition 2-disc set. Now every day can feel like Saturday morning as you sing along with "I'm Just A Bill," "Three Is A Magic Number," "Interjections!" and the rest of your favorite tunes. Featuring an additional catchy animated song by the original series' creators, the 30th Anniversary Edition DVD rocks your house.
It's a good bet that any American kid growing up in the '70s or '80s learned some elementary lesson from the seminal musical series Schoolhouse Rock!. Airing from 1973 to 1984 (and often revived), the ABC Saturday morning shorts effortlessly introduced kids to grammar, science, multiplication, money, and American history--three minutes at a time. In one smart, comprehensive 2-disc set, all 46 songs and plenty of extras are collected. The four creators developed the series slowly, a welcome diversion from their advertising agency jobs, and ended up taking home four Emmys over the years. The background material includes 10 audio commentaries and a making-of feature for the new song, "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College." The DVD subtitle option is a great bonus for those who need to know every word from such favorites as "Three Is a Magic Number," "Interjections," "I'm Just a Bill," and "Conjunction Junction." (Ages 3 and older) --Doug Thomas
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Schoolhouse Rock is just such a program. It was delivered to kids in bite-sized portions that held their attention spans just long enough to get the message across, and the cartoons were so engaging that they probably could have made the segments last twice as long and we still would have been glued to them. Many in my generation learned quite a bit from Schoolhouse Rock.
This DVD is produced in the same style as all the original segments, offering a "jukebox" feel along with some novel technology that allows you to create playlists of your favorite episodes, or put them on "shuffle" and let it pick them randomly. You can also choose "The Whole Enchilada," and let it play each and every segment in order.
All of the original segments are on this DVD, as well as a heretofore unreleased segment called "I'm Gonna Send Your Vote To College" which teaches about the electoral system and the punned Electoral College.
My kids absolutely love this DVD, although sometimes they have to pry the remote out of my hands. It's awesome to see them watch (and actually learn) with the same attention that I paid to it as a kid their age.
And on occasion, I hear one of them singing the preamble to the Constitution, and I just smile, because a timeless program like Schoolhouse Rock can, and will, continue to teach kids for generations to come.
The only trouble we have had is that the menu and playlists are a little bit confusing, particularly in our car DVD player. It doesn't take much away from the experience, it just took us a little while to figure out.
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